Stella Zweben Samuel is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Los Angeles, CA who works with people experiencing mild to more moderate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Many of her clients are having difficulties at home, at work, at school, with friends, family and relationships. Others may be parents who feel frustrated and at their wits' end, and unsure of what to do to resolve family stressors. She especially loves working with young adults who are trying to navigate life transitions, relationship and self esteem issues.
Stella's approach is client-centered, skills-based, and mindfully driven. She recognizes that each individual is unique and works to understand the needs of each client. Stella enjoys empowering her clients with the mindfulness skills to manage their anxiety and become more grounded in their daily lives. Her approach encourages her clients to explore thoughts, feelings, and problems on a more internal and psychological level. Stella finds that this approach of going deeper encourages a lasting impact and also addresses the more obvious concerns.
Her clinical experience in a variety of settings including at Bellevue Hospital Center, UCLA, USC, and Women Helping Women allow her to confidently recognize a individual's challenges and support them utilizing empirically proven techniques to help provide relief from the stressor that brought the young adult into counseling as well as build on the individual's strengths and tools to cope with struggles in the future.
Stella is passionate about helping others to find a deeper understanding of themselves in order to create long-term change to alleviate stress, overwhelming emotions, and to effectively cope with the challenges that arise. She currently sees clients through Telehealth video platforms.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
College students and young adult mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
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Years of Experience: 30 years
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Adat Ari El Group Practitioner, 2008 - 2009
Group Private Practice, 2003 - 2007
Pacificare Behavioral Health, Incorporated, 2000 - 2004
University of Southern California (USC), 1999 - 2000
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 1998 - 1999
Vista Del Mar Children and Family Services, 1996 - 1998
Women Helping Women Services, 1996
Bellevue Hospital Center, 1993 - 1995
New York University, MSW, 1993
Brandeis University, BA, 1991